Jonathan Meredith is a patriot; a defender of all that is good and pure, determined to lead his wayward nation back down the proper path ... his path. Jonathan Meredith is a dangerous man; a ruthless and charismatic manipulator of crowds, politics, and history who will stop at nothing to achieve his ultimate goal: ultimate power. In the heat-ravaged Sudan, the pilot and crew of a U.S. B-2 bomber equipped with devastating technology and firepower are being held captive following a failed attack on a biological weapons plant. At Whiteman Air Force Base, an Air Force Captain - an African American - has been charged with espionage, and his trial promises to bring bloody chaos to the streets of America's cities. It's a situation Meredith and his volunteer army, "The First Brigade," mean to exploit, as they stand poised to reap the benefits of widespread anger, disillusionment, hatred and fear. It's a case government prosecutor Hank Sutherland is expected to win. But there are questions and inconsistencies haunting the principled attorney.